American singer Marie Osmond announced her departure from “The Talk” earlier this month, saying she needed to spend more time with her family, but an insider source in CBS believes she was forced out.
A CBS insider has revealed to Page Six that Marie Osmond quit her role as “The Talk” co-host after fellow co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood threatened to leave the show unless executives let go of Osmond.
According to the source, Osmond did not leave the show of her own accord, as she claimed in her statement earlier in the month. Osmond’s departure from “The Talk” came after she spent only one season in the CBS talk show, surprising many fans who were not expecting her to leave so soon.
Marie Osmond at the the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 23, 2013 | Photo: Getty Images
The 60-year-old said she enjoyed working on the show and was only leaving because she was working on other projects and needed to spend more time with her husband.
Following Osmond’s announcement, a source also revealed to Closer Weekly that the singer would take the time to reconnect with her husband, Steve Craig, and her grandkids.
However, the CBS insider said Osmond was encouraged to spin her reason for leaving in that manner as it was not the case. The source said Underwood and Osbourne pushed Osmond to quit.
The insider source also noted that the show continues to face backlash in the aftermath of Osmond’s departure.
When she refused them, the duo made an ultimatum to CBS, threatening to leave the show except Osmond was dropped. Fellow co-host, Carrie Ann Inaba, was against such a move and pleaded with the show executives to let Osmond stay.
Inaba’s pleas were not successful, and Osmond had to quit the show. In their statement following Osmond’s departure, CBS described her as a consummate professional, adding that her humor, kindness, and good nature would be missed.
The insider source also noted that the show continues to face backlash in the aftermath of Osmond’s departure, saying they were receiving thousands of negative comments on social media.
The network’s representatives and those of Osbourne, Underwood, and “The Talk” are yet to respond to the revelations. Osbourne, Underwood, Inaba, and Eve, the remaining co-hosts on the show, posed for the new show promos to get fans excited about the upcoming new season.
While some fans expressed their desire for the new season to start, some others expressed their frustrations at Osmond’s absence, saying they were missing her. A few others threatened to quit watching the show unless the singer returns to the panel.
Meanwhile, another CBS insider refuted the previous source’s claims, saying CBS executives never had a meeting and that Osbourne and Underwood did not issue an ultimatum.